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Dance, music and song for Queen’s Baton Relay end-of-day celebration in Aberdeen

25/06/14

An exciting programme of dance, music and song will showcase the cultural vibrancy of Aberdeen as the Queen's Baton Relay's journey across the city culminates with an end-of-day celebration in Union Terrace Gardens, on Monday 30 June.

The garden's entrance on Rosemount Viaduct [opposite His Majesty's Theatre] will be the only access point open to the public from 5pm, with live entertainment on stage from 6pm through to 8pm.

The Great Northern Lights Chorus – a 100-strong acapella group, which is an amalgamation of male and female members of choirs from across the city – will open the evening celebrations at 6pm. This will be followed at 6.10pm on stage by Fusion Dance Company, an award-winning dance troupe - with a performance of FLUX, a routine which they have been selected to perform as part of the Commonwealth Youth Dance Festival in July [2014].

At 6.25pm Giz Giz Theatre Company – the Aberdeen's longest running youth theatre – will perform songs from their forthcoming production of "Singin' in the Rain".

At 6.45pm the relay will arrive at Union Terrace Gardens with 2006 Commonwealth Games double Gold Medal winner David Carry, from Aberdeen, who will carry the baton on to the stage to be welcomed by the city's Lord Provost George Adam.

The celebration will continue and at 7.05pm the North East Folk Collective – a voluntary project which gives young people with an interest in traditional music the opportunity to work together – will perform their own style of Scottish music. At 7.15pm the musicians will pause to allow the baton departure ceremony to take place. They will then resume their set until 7.30pm, when up-and-coming local singer Mitzy Wilson and her band will take to the stage to ensure the party atmosphere continues until 8pm.

This free event is not ticketed and entry will operate on a first come, first served basis. Up to 2,000 spectators will be allowed access to Union Terrace Gardens with a large screen erected on Union Terrace to enable a further 8,000 to be part of the city's Queen's Baton Relay celebrations.

To support the safe management and delivery of this event, a secure event arena will be constructed in and around Union Terrace Gardens from Sunday 29 June.

On Sunday [29 June] the east side footway on Union Terrace will be closed to pedestrians to allow the construction of temporary fencing to ensure public safety, to protect the balustrade surrounding the gardens and to create a corridor for emergency services.

The remainder of the event arena will be constructed on the westside of Union Terrace ahead of the celebrations on Monday [30 June]. In the interests of public safety, the pavement on Union Terrace will be available for through foot traffic only - no viewing will be allowed from this area.

Union Terrace Gardens will be closed to the public on Monday 30 June to allow preparation work including the construction of a stage. It will re-open at 5pm.

To ensure public safety the following temporary road closures will be in place:

  • Union Terrace (whole length) and Diamond Place -will be closed to all vehicular traffic from 5am on Friday 27 June 2014 to 5pm until Tuesday 01 July to accommodate Aberdeen international street market, Armed Forces Day Parade, the Queen's Baton Relay and the 4 SCOTS Homecoming Parade;
  • Union Terrace Slip Road (Between Rosemount Viaduct and Union Terrace) - will be closed to all vehicular traffic from 9am on Thursday 26 June 2014 until 5pm on Tuesday 01 July;
  • Rosemount Viaduct from Blackfriars Street to B9119 Skene Street - will be closed to all vehicular traffic from 6am until 11.59pm on Monday 30 June;
  • Skene Terrace (full length) - will be closed to all vehicular traffic from 12noon until 11.59pm on Monday 30 June.

The public is advised that:

  • there will be no disabled parking in the gardens but disabled spaces will be available at the Denburn car park on a first come, first served basis;
  • there will be a disabled viewing area near the front of the stage on a first come, first served basis;
  • both auditoriums in the gardens and on Union Terrace are standing only – no chairs or picnic style furniture will be allowed;
  • No animals including dogs [except guide dogs] will be allowed in Union Terrace Gardens or on Union Terrace during the event;
  • portable conveniences will be located within the event arena on Union Terrace and in Union Terrace Gardens for the comfort of the spectators;
  • medical and welfare facilities will be available at the event to ensure public safety and wellbeing;
  • the public drinking byelaw in Scotland has not been relaxed for the purposes of this outdoor, family event so no alcohol will be permitted within the event arena;
  • designate a meeting-up point so if you get separated from your family and friends you can easily find them again;
  • keep your belongings safe and close to you and ensure handbags are fastened securely;
  • the weather is changeable so remember to wear appropriate clothing;
  • there are no catering facilities at the evening celebration;
  • Aberdeen City Council, Police Scotland and event stewards reserve the right to refuse entry to anyone deemed unfit to participate safely in the event.

The public is also reminded that parking restrictions will be in place from 8am on Union Terrace from Friday 27 June until 11.59pm on Tuesday 01 July to accommodate a number of events including Aberdeen's International Market, Armed Forces Day parade, the Queen's Baton Relay and the 4 SCOTS Homecoming Parade.

Police Scotland and City Wardens will patrol this area to ensure that parking restrictions are being adhered to. Any vehicle which contravenes these restrictions will receive the appropriate penalty.

Lord Provost of Aberdeen George Adam said: "With so many people, of all ages and backgrounds and interests coming together to play their part in the city's Queen's Baton Relay I am sure the evening celebration will be a wonderful event for all to enjoy."

Dawn Schultz, City Promotions manager, Aberdeen City Council, added: "This exciting event is a fitting end to a fantastic programme of events across Aberdeen and we would encourage as many people to attend to witness the finale of this special occasion in the city. People are asked to arrive in good time to guarantee access and to have a safe and enjoyable evening."

To follow the baton's journey around Scotland visit www.glasgow2014.com/batonrelay

For more information on the Queen's Baton Relay in Aberdeen visit www.aberdeencity.gov.uk and for up to the minute information follow @AberdeenCC on Twitter.